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" -- tragedy at sandy hook, the search for solutions. >>> good evening. i'm terry moran. today the shattered community of newtown, connecticut, mourned the young teacher who died trying to protect her first grade class, while school districts across the country are now beefing up security. in the wake of this tragedy, schools nationwide are grappling with the difficult questions about keeping their students safe, including the debate over arming teachers with guns. here's alex perez. >> reporter: she came face to face with unthinkable horror and fought to save her first graders. laid to rest today, 27-year-old sandy hook teacher vicki soto. those remembers her we're green ribb ribbons, her favorite color. her sister jillian, already know what the world is remembering, saying you have been a hero to me for a lot longer than five days. you've been my big sister, the one i've always looked up to. among the mourners, family friend musician paul simon who performed "the sound of silence." soto did everything she could to keep her school family safe and worried teachers across the country are desp
the holidays. >>> the done control debate heats up in the wake of the sandy hook shooting. gun rights advocates push back to restrict firearm sales. >> it's not going the make any kid safer. we've got to get to the real problem, the real causes, and that's what the nra is trying to do. >>> and thousands of americans raise their voices this holiday >>> and thousands of americans raise their voices this holiday season. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" on december 24, 2012. >>> good morning. we begin with a major storm that promises a white but treacherous christmas for parts of the midwest and northeast. the storm is expected to get stronger as it heads east. winter weather alerts and advisories are posted from texas to indiana. all this during one of the busiest travel days of the year. jeff at our miami station has more. >> well, this is shaping up to be a very stormy week across the united states. now, the good news is during the day today at least it should be fairly quiet. there'll be a small storm in the eastern part of the country producing a little light rain to
back to classrooms. millions of students and parents across the country in the wake of sandy hook. stay with us, everybody. you're watching "world news now." >>> "world news now" continues after this from our abc ♪ >>> welcome back, everyone. it is easy to forget that christmas is just one week away, and schools, they're in their final days before holiday break. >> doesn't seem a lot like christmas time. but none of those days are likely to be as nerve-racking as yesterday was. that was the first day back since the connecticut shootings. abc's amy robach reports on what was an anxious monday for many. >> reporter: parents around innation dropped their children off at school. many holding on a little more tightly. a day of jitters. schools from new york to tennessee to texas all went on alert after fear ignited several false alarms, some bomb threats. others as minor as an umbrella mistaken for a gun. an elementary school in richfield, connecticut, just 20 miles from newtown, went into lockdown after someone reported a suspicious person. security on the minds of principal, it was a pri
to sandy hook elementary school, carrying a virtual arsenal. investigators say the gunman had hundreds of rounds of ammo with him, perhaps enough to kill every student at sandy hook elementary. the connecticut governor says when the gunman heard police arriving, he used one of those bullets on himself. massacre ending as it began, with violence and blood. we have team fox coverage with rick leventhal on today's first funerals for the victims and updates on the survivors. first, the fox report's chief correspondent jonathan hunt live at the fire house in newtown, connecticut. where does the investigation stand tonight? >> it's moving slowly, john, and it's moving methodically. there are, of course, two main crime scenes. the school itself where those 20 children, ages six and seven, and the six female staff members were all gunned down, so horrifically on friday. that crime scene is likely to remain one, according to the cops, for months to come. it will not be reopened as a school until all of the investigative work is done there, if it reopens as a school at all. the second crime scen
of the tragedy from sandy hook elementary. police say they have uncovered evidence in the case and they are tracing all the weapon, all the way backto the work benches where they were made. president obama preparing to fly to newtown, connecticut, to act oz our country's consoler in chief. as authorities release the names of the school staff and children who were killed, we learn, not only the terrible details about their last momes and the touching stories of the lives behind the names. i'm bream -- i'm shannon bream with america's news headquarters live from the nation's capitol, starting now. police are working to draw a more complete picture of the man who came to sandy hook elementary and killed children. peter doocy has the latest. >> reporter: with the connecticut state police press conference that just wrapped, the most compelling part, perhaps, was when the lieutenant basically warned people who have been somehow -- we don't know specifically -- but using social media to pose as the shooter and to offer some kind of misinformation. and the connecticut state police warn
wrestling with so much heartbreak, all of the newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary will reopen. grief and the fears of returning students an additional concern. police officers will be at every single school and today the town will lay to rest, the grandmother of charlotte bacon says her 6-year-old granddaughter was a bundle of energy who loved dresses and a second, jessica rekos, loved horses, she wrote her own horse stories, excited about a pair of cowgirl boots she was expecting to get for christmas. now to get the latest on the school's reopening this morning, sara endo is here in the heart of newtown with more. >> reporter: they're starting to see a lot of school buses rolling by and in about an hour or two classes will be in session. they all may be anxious about school returning back to normalcy but this could be the first step to healing. step towards normalcy, for newton kids that means go back to school. >> we're a little bit worried because we know what we thought was a secure school had this happen to them. >> reporter: facing fear may be the first step to overcome
of normalcy today. classes resume at all newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary. the students return as that community says goodbye to more victims of friday's shooting at sandy hook. danielle lee is live in newtown, connecticut, with the latest. danielle, good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. you may be able to make out a christmas tree over my shoulder. that's marking a memorial that's become the focal point of this little town. students may drive past it today as they head to class and return to routines for the first time since the shooting. it will be a reminder that some things will never be the same. yesterday we saw the first two funerals for the victims. there will be more today. there will be a viewing for the teacher vicky soto who died shielding her students. it's been incredible to see the mementos that people have been bringing to the memorials in tribute to these victims. police say the investigation continues. they have confirmed that the shooter went to shooting ranges with his mother who also was the rightful owner of those guns that he used in the crime.
for a teacher killed in the shooting is today not far from the sandy hook school. >> vicki soto died while protecting her students from gunman adam lanza. abc's t.j. winick is live with more on this. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny. authorities cannot say for certain whether sandy hook elementary will ever reopen. at a wake for sandy hook teacher victoria soto, hundreds stood in a line that wrapped around a funeral home in nearby stratford. >> vicki was the ringleader of the family, vibrant, full of life. >> reporter: it was a somber day for many parents here in connecticut, who sent their students back to school for the first time since friday. sandy hook elementary remains closed. >> i'll always be worried, but now it's very bad. >> reporter: at st. rosa lima catholic church, back-to-back funerals, as the service ends for 6-year-old james mattioli, the small white casket is placed back in the hearse. several minutes later, another tiny white casket, this one for jessica rekos, is carried inside the church. two other young shooting victims, charlotte bacon and
at sandy hook elementary school. six adults including 29-year-old rachel davino who dressed up in costume and broke out in song to help her students learn. and ann marie murphy whose parents say shield some of her students from the hail of bullets. full-time substitute teacher lauren russo dreamed as a little girl of becoming a teacher, even making a set of dolls her first classroom of students. mary was the school psychologist who for years helped children deal with life's terrible challenges. when the first shots were fired, she and school principal dawn hochsprung quickly headed toward the danger. the two women reportedly lunged at the gunman and died trying to overtake him. there was also 27-year-old teacher vickie lee soto who died trying to protect her students. >> their father, carlos, was up the other night identifying vickie's body and was just told kind of how she was found, protecting her kids, doing instinctively what she knew to do, protecting her children. >> the gunman's mother, nancy lanza, was the first victim last friday, shot by her own son in their own home. and the ki
saw inside the sandy hook elementary school. >> the crime scene itself is something that has made a mark in all of our minds. the task of that responsibility with the crime scene is something that we will never be able to erase. >> there will never be a good enough explanation why 20 elementary students were gunned down but we all need answers. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from newtown connecticut. state police is working around the clock. their investigation of the school massacre is very methodical and very, very painful. joining us now, lieutenant paul vance. he's become the face, the spokesman of this investigation. the connecticut state police. lieutenant vance, we're here in your office in middletown, connecticut. i know it must be hard on the journalists so it must be so much more hard on the men and women that work at the connecticut state police. what has it been like? >> it's been a horrible, tragic scene. the initial response was just horrific. the men and woman that risked their lives going in there trying to stop the aggression, trying to stop the shooting and carnage a
two sandy: hurricane sandy and sandy hook elementary school. time magazine called this the massacre of innocence and that is a term from the bible, 2,000 years ago the first christmas where king herrod killed all the babies under two, there are long term babies we have do feel with, four i know of, to stop this violence. first we have to deal with the short-term factors and that is the grief of the people who have lost them. our hearts go out to them. the deeper the grief, the fewer words are needed. a lot of people are looking for wisdom or the right word and they say, what do you say? there is nothing to say. you just need to be there and show up. when people grieve they don't need a lecture and they don't need a explanation because that does not comfort us. what comforts us is the presence of others, the presence of god. the first thing we have to do is learn how to release our grief. we need to do that now. >>neil: i am not saying evil is winning, but it is getting an upper hand. >>guest: evil is real. people want to ignore it until this shows up and we want to public god to the
victims of plastic sheeting to sandy hook elementary school, we will go to another new town in another country, australia. >> shockwaves around the world as the death toll climbs. police arrested gunman. now, the questions. why did he do it? why was he allowed such a deadly weapon? what's the gunman began in 1996 port arthur massacre was from new town, australia and. within days, australia, a country of hunters, passed the strictest gun control legislation in its history. there have been no mass killings since. the academy award winning filmmaker michael moore, the director of "bowling for columbine," response to the sandy hook massacre. >> there are crazy people and there are shootings and killings in norway and france and germany, but there hasn't been 61 mass killings like there have been in this country to a sense columbine. >> and the nra facebook page has gone dark. we will speak with lisa graves about big guns and big money. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. residents of newtown, conn
of connecticut sandy hook elementary would be filled with the sounds of children and their teachers. however, today, that school remains a crime scene, closed indefinitely just days after 20 small children and six educators were murdered, brutally extinguished in an act of violence that has gripped the hearts and minds of this nation. 26 souls lost and today, the first funerals will be held for two of the youngest victims. 6-year-old jack pinto, a new york giants fan, and noah pozner, whose twin sister survived the shooting. we are also learning new information about the connecticut state police investigation, including that the gunman, adam lanza, had enough ammunition if given more time to shoot hundreds of students in the halls of sandy hook. >> every single facet of the weapons will be analyzed. every single round of ammunition will be looked at and examined for any kind of physical evidence. i alluded yesterday to the volume of rounds, for example, that were seized or recovered. each singular round will be examined. >> president obama last night visited with families who lost loved ones
rifles in all of our stores chainwide. >>> grief counselors will be on hand this morning. sandy hook elementary school remains closed. jessica rekos will be laid to rest today. she couldn't wait until her 10th birthday to get a horse. she adored them. >>> another big story out of washington where there's been huge movement in the fiscal cliff wrangling with 14 days left to go before huge across-the-board tax hikes. overnight we learned that president obama made an eye-opening new offer in talks with house speaker john boehner. under this new proposal, tax rates would go up on incomes above $400,000. for years the president has campaigned that that number should start at $250,000. he's also offering some new spending cuts to go along with this. speaker boehner's latest proposal called for the tax hikes to kick in at $1 million. cnn's dan lothian is in washington with the latest on this. dan, it really does look like there is some movement. >> it does. this movement came during a meeting the president had with speaker john boehner yesterday at the white house. that meeting lasted for 4
sandy hook elementary, the second deadliest school shooting ever. 20 little kids and seven adults and the shooter who took his own life. all in a close-knit quiet community 90 minutes from new york. we will give you the latest information, but what we will not do is repeat the shooter's name over and over again. we don't want history to remember this murderer. we want history to remember the victims, the teachers and the children, those whose lives have been unfairly taken. we have a teamworking on the tragedy and we have soledad o'brien on the scene. there vigils tonight. we will be checking in with her shortly. vigils to tell you about as the people come to grips with what happened. so much happened and so much we have learned since this morning. right now there is an active crime scene and many of the bodies still where they fell. still inside that school including that of the killer. we do at least tell you his name once. it's adam lanza. we won't be saying it much tonight. he was 20 and his mother taught at the school. she was found dead at the family home, unclear when or ho
most of the state's schools. but sandy hook school in newtown remains closed and may never reopen. truckloads desks, shelves, bulletin boards and abandoned backpacks. taken from the scene of the massacre to a recently closed school in nearby monroe. the former middle school is where the sandy hill students will resume classes. volunteer contractors spent the weekend installing smaller facilities for the younger students. >> when the children come in whenever the school has started they walk into a classroom that looks as close as possible as their classroom that they left." >> the sandy hill school remains a crime scene. state police working around the clock to determing what happened. >> we did sees significant evidence of the residents. it is a very painstaking processwe're going to do everything. that it takes to ensure that we uncover every bit of evidence, we're examining every facet of it, that we conduct as many interview to do paint a clear picture as to exactly how and why this tragedy occurred. >> the gunman, 20 year old adam lanza, reportedly smashed his computer as he
the nature of the shooting because officials say that adam lanza carried at least three guns into sandy hook elementary on friday but they say he used old one of them to kill the children, an assault-style rifle that his mother bought. the medical ex-naerm newtown says the children were each shot several times, all with an assault-style rifle like this one, a bush master bushmaster similar to the rifle used ten years ago by the washington, d.c. snipers who killed ten people and wounded three others. investigators say the gun belonged to nancy lanza of newtown, purchased legally in the last few years and used, they say, by her son, adam, who took it to the school after first fatally shooting his mother at the home where they both lived. authorities have not said how she stored the weapons, whether she kept them locked. nancy lanza's sister-in-law, adam lanza's aunt, stays is not unusual for a divorced woman, like nancy, who lived alone, to have them in the house. >> self-defense. she was a female. live aid loan, live nald beautiful neighborhood. >> reporter: but those guns she bought for pro
mayor coming up, mark boughton, who knew the principal of sandy hook elementary school. our big question today is does the right to bear arms trump the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? coming up, a chance to speak with republican congresswoman nan heyworth of new york to find out what she thinks. first, a live look at capitol hill. flags flying at half staff to honor victims of friday's school shooting. they will be lowered until tomorrow at sunset. begin. tomato, obviously. haha. there's more than that though, there's a kick to it. wahlalalalallala! smooth, but crisp. it's kind of like drinking a food that's a drink, or a drink that's a food, woooooh! [ male announcer ] taste it and describe the indescribable. could've had a v8. stop! stop! stop! come back here! humans -- we are beautifully imperfect creatures living in an imperfect world. that's why liberty mutual insurance has your back with great ideas like our optional better car replacement. if your car is totaled, we give you the money to buy one a model year newer. call... and ask one of our insurance experts
, connecticut, as families begin burying the children killed in the massacre at the sandy hook elementary school right down the road from where we are right now. we're watching all of this unfold, and the pain is clearly, clearly evident. while every day here in new town is sad, today, it's especially, it's especially sad. this afternoon, the first funerals were held for victims of the elementary school massacre. connecticut's governor, you just saw him here, he attended one of the services today, and he summed it up this way, and i'm quoting him, you see little coffins and your heart starts to ache. as this town and the nation tries to come to grips with this huge, huge tragedy, the investigation is focusing in on the question why. some of the answers may come from a computer found in the home where the gunman, adam lanza, lived with his mother. cnn's national correspondent deborah feyerick is keeping track of the latest developments. she's joining us now live with more. what are you learning, deb? >> wolf, we can tell you law enforcement sources are telling us the computer is being analyzed. i
remarkable adults. >> as president obama addressed the crowd at sandy hook high school last night. >> i can only hope it helps for you to know -- >> he said he spoke for all parents. >> -- that you're not alone in your grief. that our world too has been torn apart. that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. >> but he also spoke as a weary leader. >> since i've been president this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings. we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. surely we can do better than this. >> and as he read the names of the 20 children who died in friday's shooting some of the 900 audience members began to cry. >> noah caroline. >> each victim was represented by a white candle that burned throughout the interfaith vigil. a ceremony diverse in voices. >> oh, god we call you by many names. ♪ >> but united in message. >> we ask god to grant those lost a special place in paradise. >> the community honored its first responders starting with emotional applause as they entered
. it's just one step following a shooting at sandy hook elementary where 20 students and 6 adults were shot and killed. >> children already asked this morning where why there was a police officer and i said they're just out here to say hi to everybody. >> the police chief is also the chairman of the national law enforcement partnership to prevent gun violence. he saysright now, federal law only requires a background check if you buy a gun from a licensed dealer almost had 40% of guns are not sold through dealers. they'reprivate trans axes sold at gun shows and internet sales. >> police say the shooter at sandy hook used his mom's firearms which were brought legally. >> back at school, the conversations are swirling as parents push to prevent school violence we talked about this all day at work, gun safety, mental health, being proactive. >> and another example, chief johnson says the shooter who killed three people at a salon in wisconsin would not have been able to buy a gun if the national law was in place. hebrought it on line to avoid a background check. chief johnsonsays th
after the tragedy at sandy hook. president obama's message on gun control heading into the new career. >>> the [ singing christmas carols in background ] aunt sally's singing again. it's a tradition, honey. [ singing christmas carols ] mmmm. [ female announcer ] make new traditions with pillsbury grands! cinnamon rolls. [ female announcer ] go from zero to pizza in just 60 seconds with totino's pizza rolls and grab a bite of snack-defying, satisfying... because pizza...never...misses. it's on. let's roll. >>> the 3wbody of the man who fired inside a -- the hartfo"ha couran courant". before going to nearby sandy hook elementary school, killing 20 first graders and six adults and then he killed himself. a private funeral was held for lanza's mother. >>> since the connecticut shootings, a debate on gun control escalated from a simmer to a boil. just after the shootings, president obama promised to do something to prevent a similar incident from happening. yesterday on "meet the press" yesterday, the president plans to keep that promise. >> with public opinion, there's nothing you can't d
of all of those victims who suffer today at sandy hook elementary school in hang hang, which is in newtown, connecticut. as we now know a young man identified as adam lanza, 20 years old, went in to that school this morning, opened fire with apparently, with three weapons. glock handgun, another handgun and semi-automatic weapon and slaughtered 26 people inside that school before killing himself. we have now learned that adam lanza lived with his mother here in connecticut. woke up this morning, according to the federal source, shot his mother in the face. then took her car and went to her school and that is where this horrible shooting transpired. he killed 18 kids at the school. two children were found there and moved to a local hospital where they died. six other adults before killing himself. we know that when police arrived on scene just after 9:30 this morning, they didn't waste any time. they went inside the school, locating adults and children and moving them out of the school to safety, that is then when they found the victims all located within two rooms of that sch
to and for the nation. today, we'll try to make some sense of the senseless act of violence at sandy hook elementary school. we'll talk with our guests in a moment but first here is the latest from new town connecticut. authorities say all the children first graders, six or seven years old were shot multiple times. the six adult victims were all women. police say they have good evidence about the suspect adam lanza but b. why he carried out othe massacre. president obama will speak at the local high school and meet with the families of the victims. for more on the investigation we turn to fox news correspondent mike tobin in newtown. mike? >> good morning, chris. people here in new town are flocking to the churches once again to mourn and try to comprehend the incomprehensible as we learn more about the horrible details of what happened here. details from the medical examiner gruesome. close range. those lives just getting started 8 little boys and 12 little girls 6 and 7 years old. >> i have been at this for a third of a century. my sensibilities may not be the average man but this probably is the
came at the end of the year in the past week or so which is the massacre at sandy hook elementary school in newtown and i think the presidency now might be shaped by those events and those are the stories that both barnicle and andrea have chose n as the top story. would you agree this could be a signature for the second term? >> i to do. i do agree with that. i think the events of a few days ago in newtown, connecticut, will help shape a good portion of the president's second and final term in office. i think it gives us a huge impe it tus to changes in this country that had had taken too long to take hold. i think the presidency itself, i think the man himself was shaped and altered by these events, both as a parent and as a president. >> andrea? >> let me just say that joe califano in the aftermath for some calls to action has written about what lbj said to him right after robert kennedy was killed. lbj called in joe and the other top aides in white house and said, we have to act within ten days before the nra gets organized. and they failed to do it. they tried and they failed
it before hurricane sandy hit the east coast and it survived hurricane sandy. maybe that is a good sign it's going stick around longer than the last one did. that is what is going on down here. the perfect weather and we wanted it to be cool. again, president the and mrs. obama and the girls have not arrived yet. when they do, the first thing is to get the tree lit. keep it here on fox 5. will? >> all right, sue, thank you. >>> surprised to hear the limos lighting up. the walk across the street. the first family, after all. we'll see you soon. >>> and we do have a little tree lighting history for you. the national christmas tree was placed on the e lips back in december 1923. that was the first one. on christmas eve, president calvin coolidge walkedhouse to light the tree. see, sometimes they do walk. over the years, the national christmas tree was located in sherman park, lafayette park, and on the south lawn of the white house. in 1954, it moved back to the ellipse and the traditional christmas eve lighting was moved to earlier in december. >>> i like to hear a little bit of history. >>
he may have been targeting the sandy hook elementary school to begin with. >> we start off telling you about the first of 20 funerals for children. sandra endo, today will be one of the toughest days, sandra, as they try to put into words, make some kind of sense of these funerals of these little boys. >> absolutely, soledad, the pain of this community being felt across the country. last night, president obama speaking to residents here in newtown, offered words of comfort and support. >> i come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. i can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief. >> and president obama also met with the victims' family members and last night a tweet from 30-year-old daughter of the slain principal at sandy hook elementary tweeted this. my mom would be so proud to see president obama holding her granddaughter, but not as proud as i am of her. and today marks the first day of funerals for the days to come. this afternoon,
by superstorm sandy. we'll have more on that story plus your weather first when we return in two minutes. >>> good morning. welcome back to 9news now. it's 4:45. it's monday, christmas eve. a lot of people are asking that question will it be a white christmas. i'm not one of them. >> not here but a big chunk of the country is dealing with that. then wednesday if you're trying to get into ohio and west central pa, new york state, indiana, this storm is coming out of the oklahoma, texas panhandle, big snows up there. i'm looking at some models that have areas along i-70 in ohio a foot of snow on wednesday. >> where you have to go, hunker down at least till thursday. >> this will bring us mainly a rain event on wednesday and mainly a rain event as we head into the afternoon. some areas north and west, if you have wet snow flakes, sleet to mix in, don't be surprised but don't get too excited about it because with temperatures mid- to upper 30s, that's just not cold enough for anything to stick on road surfaces. we do have some advisories i want to start off with. they're in the mountains. we
-- >> it was -- it was as high as i've ever seen it. >> more than a month than superstorm sandy devoured part of if east coast parts of maryland are still struggling to recover. >> maryland has less than 30 days to file a repeal with fema after its refusal to help those affected by superstorm sandy. they say they are open to give parts of maryland a closer look but kisses of oceancy they -- citizens they say don't need it. the toughest loss -- >> we did loss part of the fishing pier on the ocean front which is big news. everyone relates to the pier. just the eastern portion of the pier. we did loss that but that has been contracted to be rebuilt. >> the pier should be back up before next summer. the mayor tells us there is no lingering problems that the fema is dealing with. they are working on beach maintenance and replenishment. >> tonight's medical alert. a new study out of john hopkins shows that fasting might be key for epilepsy patients. researchers tell us that children with seizures that are treated with a high-fat low carb diet may get an added benefit from fasting. the results suggest that combined
some reports as a child he did. >> he did not attend sandy hook elementary. >> alisyn: very interesting. >> and the mom did not work there. >> alisyn: and there were confusing reports, a teacher, substitute teacher and i read a report she was a teachers aide. there were some reports he had an altercation earlier in the week. >> with the school. >> alisyn: with officials at the school. >> i spoke with lieutenant paul vance with the state police yesterday afternoon and asked him was there a prior altercation a couple of days prior to this incident being carried out and he went on to say, we have no confirmation of that. he denied that it was happening, but apparently they're still investigating all aspects of this, but it was reported previously that perhaps it was an altercation, again, and lieutenant paul vance, new yorking that down. as we learn more about the victims of this tragedy in midtown community is coming together to support each other as well. ♪ emotional vigils continued tonight and today. and president obama will travel to newtown to meet with the victim's families and pe
're slated to begin work on a bill offering additional funding for victims of hurricane sandy that would provide an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the national flood insurance program which is now capped at $20.7 billion. it would also provide the requested $11.5 billion for the fema disaster relief fund, and it also includes some mitigation measures for future disasters. also we expect later debate today on a couple of judicial nominations. earlier this afternoon south carolina governor nikki haley announced she's selected freshman congressman tim scott to fill the seat being vacated by senate jim demint. senator demint leaving to become the president to have heritage foundation, and we'll take a look at what governor haley had to say now. [background sounds] >> good morning, and it is, um, a great day in south carolina. it's a historic day in south carolina because, um, you know, first of all, we all were saddened and surprised when senator demint told us that he was not going to continue in the u.s. senate, but i will tell you as i've told many people, that the her
, students returning back to school this morning, but they won't be going back to sandy hook elementary. at least not yet as another little girl laid to rest, just one day after two first grade boys buried. >>> a new sign that the tide could be turning on gun control. gun control stocks under fire. a pension fund may have to strip investments. >>> and movement on the fiscal cliff. we may be moving much closer to a deal, with the president making a surprise offer. >>> it is tuesday, december 18th. you're watching a special edition of "starting point" from newtown, connecticut. we begin right now. >>> welcome, everybody. a special edition of "starting point," live this morning from newtown, connecticut, the site, of course, where an unthinkable massacre at an elementary school has really shifted the landscape in the gun control debate. here is the latest on that president obama meeting with senior staff and cabinet members yesterday, to see proposals that will include reinstating a ban on automatic weapons. overnight, we've learned dick's sporting goods has banned the sale of ar-15 rifles
an update on the hurricane sandy relief bill making its way through congress. "washington journal" is next. >> nobody will get 100% of what they want. let's make sure middle-class families and the american economy and the world economy are not adversely impacted because people cannot do their jobs. host: the headline in this morning's "washington post" -- president obama and senate leaders were on the verge of an agreement that would let taxes rise on the wealthiest households while protecting the vast majority of americans from tax hikes set to hit in january. welcome to the saturday edition of "and the washington journal." for the first 45 minutes of the program we are going to be talking about senate negotiating a fiscal clifts deal, what has been going on on that half of the capital. see what they are talking about and how things are going. we want to get your input and your part of the conversation. you can reach out to us on twitter. facebook, facebook.com/cspan. and you can send us an e-mail. this is more from the article, the lead story in "the washington post." they ride, the deve
at sandy hook elementary, with matt lauer, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, and savi ysa guthrie, live from newtown, connecticut. >> good morning. welcome to this special edition of "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. savannah guthrie is in newtown, connecticut. the president's remarks at that vigil last night were moving, powerful. they were spoken, of course, not only as the nation's leader but also, savannah, from a heartbroken parent's point of vi view. >> no question about that. there were loud, audible sobs as the president read through the names of those who had fallen. the president wrote these remarks himself and i can tell you it contained a more forceful call to action than even some close aides had expected. before that he met privately with first responders and families of victims. the daughter of sandy hook principal, dawn hochsprung, tweeted these pictures of the president holding her daughter, and said mom would be so proud but not as proud as i am of her. >> savannah, classes are set to resume wednesday for the students of sandy hook, but they'll be held
city facing rising sea levels and the next big storm. >> if sandy were to come close or directly into norfolk i think we'd all be in big trouble. >> brown: we assess the latest diplomatic moves to end syria's war, as secretary of state hillary clinton meets with russia's foreign minister. >> woodruff: and ray suarez has the story of a program that aims to put students at low-achieving schools on a path to high school graduation. >> we're here to make things better. we're here to tutor kids. we're here to make sure that they stay on track. we are here to make sure that they graduate. we want to prepare them for high school. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for
'll go back to our top story this morning. support worldwide for the victims at sandy hook elementary. >> but first, on the front lines of a war zone, doctors reveal how newer weapons are making their job of saving lives an uphill battle. you're watching "world news now." ñ >>> the heightened discussion on gun violence has revealed some disturbing numbers. 31,000. >> that's the number of americans killed by guns just last year. that's 60 times more than the number of troops killed in iraq and afghanistan the same year. >> on the front line of this war, however, are doctors. abc's matt gutman has more. >> reporter: skylar davis was shot before she was born. >> it went through her arms here, and the exit came out right here. it shattered her elbow bone. >> reporter: a four-pound victim shot while still in her mother's womb. just one of the countless victims caught in the american cross fire every day, in hospitals like this one in miami. jackson's rider trauma center. our ground zero in a national crisis. >> i had a woman eight months pregnant who was shot in her uterus and her brain.
. sandy hook elementary school is a crime scene and it remains closed. jessica rekos, one of 20 children killed on friday, will be laid to rest on friday. 6 years old. adored horses. couldn't wait for her tenth birthday. her parents promised her, in fact, when she was 10, they would buy a horse for her. after newtown buried two 6-year-old boys, noah pozner who loved tacos, and jack pinto who loved the new york giants. more throughout the morning, including gun control laws. first, john berman with developing information on fiscal cliff negotiations. >>> fiscal cliff talks haven't received much attention in recent days for good reason. but today is the two-week warning, with some good news to report. overnight, we learned president obama made an eye opening offer in talks with house speaker john boehner. under the new proposals, tax rates would go up on those making above $400,000. a big shift. the president has long campaigned on that number, starting at $250,000. the president also offering spending cuts worth $200 billion. for his part, speaker boehner who has all along refused to cons
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